Pan Am: ABC Pres Maintains Show’s Not Dead Yet

Pan Am not canceled yetDespite ever falling ratings, ABC’s not willing to give up on Pan Am — at least not publicly anyway.

At today’s ABC portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, network president Paul Lee reflected, “When it opened, it really brought a good audience to it.”

He then noted, “I think there’s a lot of goodwill toward the show. It’s a great cast. We have new and original shows right through the end of February and it’ll be in contention past that.”

Lee chose not to focus on the fact that, while Once Upon a Time and Desperate Housewives saw big gains following the winter break, Pan Am hit a new series low. The freshman series drew just a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.96 million total viewers.

The recent airing brought the season average down to a 1.9 in the demo and 6.16 million, registering a “D+” on our ABC report card. Aside from Body of Proof, it’s the least watched show on the network that hasn’t been cancelled yet.

ABC initially ordered 13 episodes but then asked for one more. Only four episodes remain for this season, and likely the series. It’s slated for February 19th.

What do you think? Is ABC still considering a future for Pan Am or is it all but officially cancelled?

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  1. Jackie T. says

    This is a wonderful show. It is different from what is mostly on TV . The cast is wonderful and the time period it covers in history was a very exciting time. Please do not cancel this show. As an avid TV watcher I think what hurts most shows ratings is that a new show comes on and after 2 episodes it is postponed for sports or politcs and events and 2-3 weeks later it comes back on and the audience hasn’t had time to bond with the characters or the characters haven’t developed enough and then they get canceled without having enough a far chance.

  2. J Dub says

    DO NOT cancel Pan Am. I love the characters and and storyline. The acting is great and it is relevant. Pan Am has class and style; putting on GCB instead is the worst idea ever. That show looks worthless. I will be tuning into another station on Sundays at 10 until Pan Am comes back.

  3. Anonymous says

    Really enjoy the show. A couple of weak scripts, but otherwise the cast is amazing. I look forward to watching. But it takes a lot of work to find. The network needs to do more to advertise. Please DO NOT CANCEL this show.

  4. SF says

    Please don’t cancel Pan Am! It truly is an awesome show. I look forward to watching it on Sundays. It has a great cast and the season finale episode was great tonight so you can’t leave us with that. We want to see more!

  5. says

    I really love this show, it is so different, all the other shoes are the same . Brings back alot of good memories. It is a feel good show. It takes you back to a simpler time,when things were less stessful.

  6. Lynda Clark says

    Pan Am is a great show with wonderfully cast actors. I think if given a chance and summer rerun exposure it will be a great hit! It is upbeat, fun to watch and I hope it’s given a chance!

    Lynda C

  7. Anonymous says

    I think the network’s lack of advertising Pan Am was back on is to blame for falling ratings along with it not being on for several weeks. I didn’t know it was back on until I channeled surfed and found it on ‘by accident.’

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